Monday, September 1, 2008

Arkansas Delegation Breakfast

This morning the Arkansas Delegation met for breakfast here at our hotel. We heard from a number of wonderful speakers including Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor of North Dakota John Hoeven, American Values President Gary Bauer, and fellow POW of Sen. McCain at the Hanoi Hilton Jim Warner.

Pat Harris, Vice Chairman of our delegation and the sister of Gov. Huckabee, welcomed everyone to the breakfast and Bishop Robert Smith brought the prayer.

Since this was the Arkansas Breakfast, it was sponsored by the place who Arkansas spend most of their shopping dollars, Wal-Mart and their Senior Vice President of US Government Relations Ray Bracy spoke and introduced Congressman John Boozman.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee thanked the members of delegation who worked so hard on his campaign and said that we now need to work just as hard to make sure we elect Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin.

Governor of North Dakota John Hoeven speaks of the impact of government during crisis and how important it is to have the right people elected.

American Values President Gary Bauer speaks to the delegation.

Jim Warner, who served with Sen. McCain and was a fellow prisoner at the Hanoi Hilton, spoke about Sen. McCain leadership capabilities. Warner said, “To be a great leader, you need graciousness, character, integrity, and courage. Without any doubt, I can tell you that John McCain has all these qualities.” Warner told a story of how the POWs organized and selected chaplains, including John McCain. He remembers one night hearing the men in McCain room, Room 7 singing “Onward Christian Soldiers” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic’ knowing it would lead to more torture as punishment. McCain lead them in church services praying for the strength and the ability to endure and even praying for the men who were torturing them. Warner said, “Americans need a man who will stand up for them. Sen. John McCain has proven that he will stick his hand in the fire for them.”

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